Joint pain due to an injury or a chronic condition like arthritis affects millions of Americans every year, with nearly half of these patients suffering from persistent pain. The team of expert physiatrists at Spine & Sports Medical Group in Campbell, California understands that ongoing joint pain can severely limit your movements and reduce your quality of life. They can help you manage your condition using a comprehensive range of treatments to reduce your joint pain. To learn more about the many solutions that can benefit you, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment today.
Your joints are hinge-like mechanisms that allow you to bend and move. They are made up of a network of tendons, ligaments, muscles, and cartilage that work together to keep the joint stable and perform movements. When any one of these components is damaged or injured, you suffer from joint pain.
Joint pain is caused by conditions like arthritis, injuries from sudden, unexpected trauma, and general wear-and-tear that happens as you age.
Some common causes of joint pain include:
Many patients also experience joint pain due to old injuries that weren’t properly treated and develop into chronic pain conditions, so it’s important to get proper medical attention when you suffer an injury.
The team at Spine & Sports Medical Group starts every treatment with a physical exam to assess the extent of joint pain and damage. They may order additional imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans to confirm a diagnosis or rule out underlying conditions that may be causing your pain.
Your specialist may perform a joint aspiration in which they remove joint fluid for analysis to assess whether you have an infection, an abnormal cell count, or a buildup of uric acid crystals.
The practice also uses minimally invasive arthroscopy surgery to diagnose or treat joint pain. During the procedure, your surgeon at Spine & Sports Medical Group inserts a tube with a small fiber-optic light and camera into your body in order to visualize the inner parts of your joint and assess the cause of your pain.
After your diagnosis is confirmed, the team at Spine & Sports Medical Group recommends various treatments that aim to reduce your joint pain and address its cause. The practice uses innovative approaches that include:
Your specialist injects small amounts of anesthetic or steroid medication into targeted areas of your joint to reduce inflammation and pain.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy involves the injection of a concentrated solution of blood plasma obtained from your own body, into affected joints in order to trigger your body’s natural healing process to repair damaged tendons, ligaments, muscles, and cartilage.
Severe cases of joint pain can benefit from surgical options that repair or completely replace damaged and painful joints.
Most therapies for joint pain are combined with physical therapy at Spine & Sports Medical Group to ensure that your joint heals correctly and to increase its strength and function.
To learn more about various therapies that can help reduce your joint pain, call the office or use the online booking tool to make an appointment today.